Blackberry launches KEYone Android smartphone, releasing worldwide in April

Posted February 28, 2017

Under the screen, the phone has a physical keyboard. BlackBerry KEYone draws power from a 3,505 battery with Quick Charge 3.0 and the company says that the battery should last for one full day or nearly two for light users. Back in January, the company confirmed this smartphone with the codename 'Mercury'. BlackBerry says the KEYone is the "perfect device, with no compromises". Somewhat unusually, the fingerprint sensor is built into the space bar. BlackBerry claims you can get to 50 percent charge in 36 minutes. And it's yours for £499 without a contract from April. While it's not the most high-end device around, its specs should be enough to handle most anything you throw at it, and it's great to see that it's coming preloaded with Android 7.1, which is now only available on Nexus and Pixel phones. BlackBerry calls the feature "boost", which puts the smartphone in battery saving mode while charging, so it charges even faster.

It's not the only device maker of yore BI (before iPhone) making a comeback either.

The smartphone has 12 MP rear camera which has an aperture of f/2.0 and uses a Sony sensor.

Now that it's official and all of its specs have been laid out, what do you think of the BlackBerry KeyOne? It will be priced at $549 (approx Rs 38,600) in the US, GBP 499 (roughly Rs 41,400) in the United Kingdom, and Euro 599 (roughly Rs 42,100) in Europe. The handset features the trademark QWERTY keypad as the Chinese manufacturer seeks to revive the BlackBerry brand. The display is impact resistant and the KEYone comes with a soft-grip textured back.

BlackBerry KEYone sports a 4.5-inch 3:2 display with 433 PPI with scratch-resistant glass protection.

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Along with the impressive design, the features it packed impressed most users, like a calculator and a reminders feature. Concept videos have reimagined the upcoming Nokia handset and bear testimony to how eagerly awaited the device is.

Blackberry seems to have made a great comeback with the KEYOne physical keyboard under TLC Communication's moniker, ahead of the forthcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Around front, the KeyOne is packing an 8-megapixel camera with wide angle lens.

The device will be available from April, 2017, and will be priced at €599 in Europe, £499 in the United Kingdom, and $549 in the US. Yo ucan also find other top Blackberry apps like the Hub, which provides a simple way to consolidate all your emails, text messages, and social media accounts. And we all know what the cameras on Pixel phones achieved.

Connectivity options include 4G, VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy, NFC, 3.5mm audio jack and USB Type-C port.

This all adds up to a pretty enticing package, but when and where will you be able to get a BlackBerry KEYOne in the UK?